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Wenera faces financial challenges




ZBC TV drama series Wenera is seeking public funding to continue with the production of the series as they are faced with financial challenges.

The producer of the Wenera series Eddie Ndhlovu took to social media on Sunday to share the news that they are facing financial challenges that could hinder the production of the drama, therefore, they will be starting a funding campaign.

“I thank all the viewers of Wenera for the overwhelming support they have been giving us for the past years we have been on TV.

Like anybody else, we are facing challenges to produce your favourite drama in today’s environment. We cannot give up the fight now so we really need your support to keep the program on TV.

We shall be starting a campaign to fund Wenera (after we put the logistics in order) this coming week so that we keep producing the show,” said Ndhlovu.
Wenera airs Mondays at 7 PM and according to Ndhlovu, they need an average of $30 000 per episode to produce the drama.

Ndhlovu added that it has come to this because ZBC have not paid them for content they had provided the national broadcaster.

“We just want to do a clean fund campaign without directly putting ZBC in the mud.

Yes, they (ZBC) are failing to play their part of paying for our content but this initiative to get support from the audience, so that we cover (the) direct expenses of the production, that includes studio rentals and credit owed to our service providers.”

Ndhlovu said the campaign to seek funds will start tomorrow.

“It’s more of an emergency fund that is needed otherwise we can be off screens. Our Monday episode did not air because of non-availability of the production budget. We value our audience more than anything else.

So that’s why we need their help. Most people have shown interest in helping out.”

Wenera is the most watched drama series on ZBC TV according to the 2018 Zamps’ survey.

“Challenges that are faced by independent producers is the lack of market where we can sell or show our products. We only have one terrestrial television and it cannot cater for all of us.

If we have more TV stations there will be great demand for content and of course competition. When there is competition there is respect to content.

“When there is respect of content there is the growth of content producers. Look at South Africa, how many weekdays soapies/series they have. It is because of many platforms that they have,” said Ndhlovu.

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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab




Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.

In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.

I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.

I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.

Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.

It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said

In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.

We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.

I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.

Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.

“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.

“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.

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Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again



Kudzai Mushonga Khanyi Mbau

There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”

Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”

In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.

The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.

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SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years



7de Laan Soap

SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.

The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.

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